"Thank you so very sincerely for the whole experience. Walking down the hallways at work, looking in the mirror in the morning, every little thing feels slightly different with my little secret of empowerment tucked away. You helped me see a new side of me, and it's sparked a confidence and self-assurance I had never found a way to tap into. You probably hear that a lot, but I'm kind of a stickler for expressing gratitude, so please allow me to tell you how much I appreciate your attitude, your generosity, and your beautiful art."
"Thanks so much, Cheryl! It was really great working with you, I still can't believe what an amazing experience it was. My husband said the sweetest thing to me after I got home and after he stopped ogling my take-home pic. He said, "What an amazing gift... Not just for me, but for you, too. I can tell that this photo shoot has helped make you feel as beautiful as you really are, because I think maybe you haven't believed me for a while every time I've told you were beautiful." Brought tears to my eyes, because he spoke the truth. I definitely got my groove back, and that is priceless!"
"I got my packages and OMG, I'm speechless again! The photos are so incredible and the book, the mini book - I know it's me but damn, you work magic to really make the inner spirit shine through. Seeing the photos again reminded me of how I feel inside - beautiful, sexy, fun, adorable - even when the outside doesn't reflect that. The make-up session and photo shoot has shushed the inner critic - she's a lot less bitch and a lot more you go girl!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! You are awesome and it was a so wonderful to spend the day with you. I can't wait to show my husband my book (yes, my book....he gets the photo box; maybe....I may just need to bring individual photos in my purse on a daily basis) I will definitely be showing off my photos & the experience to friends and family."
"Just writing to let you know how it went last night. He was at a loss for words for sure. I think I heard a 'WOW!', a 'Holy Shit!', 'Are you serious!?!', 'These are amazing....you look amazing!!' It sure was fun to sit back and watch him as he turned each page. The smile on his face was like one I have never seen before. He says this is definitely the most special gift he has ever received. And he says, 'You tell Cheryl that I said thank you for capturing my woman's beauty the way she did.' He is very happy. (And then he said, 'I cant wait to show these off babe!'). Everything turned out so perfect, and I thank you again. I will definitely be spreading the word about you and showing off your art to others. And I will be back to do it again someday!"
"Wowie!!! and that's all I have to say about that. Well, actually I have quite a bit more but at the moment I can say that if MY mouth dropped open looking at my book, I know HIS will fall right to the floor! Cheryl, I just want to thank you so much for making me feel comfortable enough to do a boudoir session. I know some people are very comfortable in their own skin but being a breast cancer survivor my body has gone through so many surgeries and looking in the mirror and being okay with what I see back has been a bit of a journey. So thank you so much for making my experience so easy to do and for making me look and feel like I was the most beautiful person in the world! I know this is the PERFECT GIFT to give him the night before the wedding and the bonus is that I am proud to give it him!"
"I had a fantastic time today and have recommended you to my friends. Truly, I learned a lot about myself today and I got out of it exactly what I needed post-divorce- confidence and new-found comfort in my own skin. Better than therapy. I can't thank you enough. Super excited to get my order in the mail."
"I wanted to thank you again for the wonderful experience and for the beautiful album. As expected, I couldn't wait until our August anniversary to have him open it. I had him open it when I was at work for the night. This is what he wrote me...
"Babe, I just looked at your pictures, oh my god!!!!!! They are the most amazing thing ever! You are so sexy and beautiful and gorgeous and sexy and beautiful and gorgeous and sexy, yes I said them twice and three times because you are that sexy, beautiful and gorgeous! Thank you so much, it means so much to me that you would do that for me, not only so I can see sexy pictures of you but also because it shows how much you love me, I'm the luckiest person in the world to have you as my wife, I love you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love every single picture! And I love you!"
Ha! I think it's safe to say that he loves the book! Thank you so so much for the most wonderful experience!"</p>
"Yesterday was hands down the most amazing experience ever!! Every woman should make a point of doing this once in their lifetime. My only regret is wasting time "thinking about" it because I didn't think they'd turn out well. What a shock! My mind was reeling yesterday with how the photos came out. Once I got home, I couldn't stop looking at the one we took home with us. And [he] was ecstatic! He loved them all and was upset he actually had to pick from them. I was hoping that in the summer time I can order that canvas of the one picture we took. He wants to hang it proudly in our front hallway and I'm going to let him too! Anyways, thank you soooo much! You are an amazingly talented photographer. Can't wait to see the final results as well."
"I love these photos so much, you have no possible idea. It’s been wonderful. Beyond wonderful. When I decided to do this, I knew I was feeling super down and that I wanted to try to do something to help me feel better about myself and my body. I mean, I’ve never really felt like I was capable of being sexy before. Certainly never as a guy, and I hadn’t gotten there before since my transition — I was feeling awkward about looking trans, about the weight, and so on. And now, between working out steadily for the past two months improving my conditioning and having the chance to see myself as beautiful like this, even though not much has changed about how I look, *everything* has changed about how I feel about it. I mean, I’m still a 400 pound trans woman, but I feel like the hottest goddamn 400 pound trans woman to ever walk the earth.
I took the book in to show my therapist, and ended up showing the other women in her office who I know too, including my previous therapist, who remembers me as this super-withdrawn lump on her couch from a while before I started transitioning. I’ve also shown it to a couple of other people like my apartment complex manager, who has enough of a daring streak that I knew she’d appreciate it. And I’ve shared a few of them with a close online friend or two. Everyone was completely blown away, it was great!
I, um, may or may not also have shared a couple of pics with a guy or two. And it’s awesome the reactions I get. I’m having so much fun with life right now, and I’ve started going on dates. And when I do, I’m honest to God feeling like a sex kitten! :3
So whenever you recall the good things that have come from your work, I hope you’ll think about how happy I am and how much better I’m doing."
"Hello! I wanted to write you a letter to let you know you have done more for my self esteem and how grateful I am to you. I feel like such a different person now. You actually helped me love myself for the first time. This now shows in my life with how I treat myself, my husband, son, and everyone else I come in contact with. This was one of the most truly awesome experiences, it's right up there with giving birth to my son. It was that profound for me! I came to your studio to do a birthday book for my husband of almost 20 years but have to say it was me who got the wonderful gift. I'll never forget seeing my photographs for the first time, I thought they had to be someone else until I looked closer and saw my face. I'm not a person who cries easily and I'll never forget the emotions I felt and still feel when I remember that day in your studio and look at the photo I took home. I can't imagine how I'll feel once the book arrives and I can see all of them again. I've been somewhat reluctant in wanting to give the book to my husband because I want it for myself - haha! Oh well, I'll always have the disc. My husbands reaction to the photo was nothing short of incredible. We've been married for almost 20 years and it's like he now acts like he's married to a supermodel. He always treated me good but now it's truly amazing. I call your session a marriage refresher. I will forever be grateful to you Cheryl, I mean that with all my heart."
"Wow, just wow!! I am speechless. There are tears in my eyes!! I was so not expecting to have this come in the mail today!! The book and the photos are beautiful!! Your card was beautiful! This whole experience has been so beautiful!!! Thank you and Nikoma so so much for everything!!! I wish I could just hug you both!! My husband didn't even recognize me!! It was awesome! He LOVES these photos!! You both are so kind and genuine, you both made me feel so comfortable and like we had known each other for a long time. It was great! I cannot say or put in to words how amazing this is for me. My heart is so full. Thank you a million times!!!!! I can't wait to do this again!!! I think I very well may be happier today then on my actual wedding day!!! From the deepest and most genuine part of my heart....THANK YOU!!!!!!!!"
"I can't thank you enough for the wonderful job you have done! The book turned out absolutely beautiful and I love every single picture (including the ones on the flash drive). I got the book on December 31 at 6:30 pm or so (exactly when I wanted it) and I gave it to my husband the next night. I though it was a great way to start 2016!
I wanted to do something special so I prepared a scavenger hunt for him. Each little gift bag that I set aside for him, it had a clue inside and one or two pieces of lingerie that I wore for the shoot. The last one had a clue and the photo that you gave me to take home with me. When my husband saw that one photo, he was in shock and he had no idea there was still an entire book for him to look at!! He thought the "big prize" was me haha. When he saw the book, he could not believe it! I've never seen him reacting that way EVER in my life. He was SO happy, excited and surprised... He couldn't believe it. A few questions came up all together and at the same time: "when did you do this? Where? How? I hope the photographer was NOT a man!, and this is crazy, you hate photos" haha It was awesome!
I wanted you to hear it directly from him so I asked my husband to write a few words for you: "Within seconds of opening the book, [she] commented that she had never seen the expressions that were on my face. And for the first time, I was seeing things that I never knew I would see in such ways. She looked stunning! Thank you for not only providing the most memorable expressions and photos I could ever imagine of my wife, but also encouraging [her] to open up and realize that she is, indeed, a wonderfully photogenic person."
Thanks again for a great experience, for a beautiful book that I will treasure forever, and for yours and Nikoma's warm words. I also had a lot of fun! Please say thank you to Nikoma for me. She gave me the exact look that I had in mind. LOVED IT!"
Cheryl! What a great experience! I was soooooooo nervous! But from start to finish, you and your stylist made me feel great and really broke down my fears by how easy you both were to talk to. The pictures turned out beyond my expectations, really I went in thinking I would probably not order any because I wouldn't like them.......I wanted them all! It really turned out to be a gift for me just as much as my husband. Who by the way was extremely happy. The best way I can describe his face was shock, awe and excitement all in one. I have never seen that face before and probably won't again. Thank you so much! One of the best experiences of my life!"
"Just wanted to let you know that the album arrived and we love it. :) Since it had been a couple weeks since the shoot, I actually felt like I was discovering the photos alongside my husband, and I got to feel surprised and proud all over again. I'm still so jazzed that I had the guts to do this AND that I loved the results so much. And my husband was completely floored. There was laughter, tears (his, not mine!), and lots of "woooooooow"s. When he got to the first page of the comic book photos, he just stared at the open page for like ten minutes! Thanks again for giving me such a fantastic photo shoot! Please send my thanks to Nikoma as well; she was such a big part of making the experience great."
"Hey! He got it and that stinker opened it before I got home from work. Then I got about 16 straight pages of emoticons on my phone of the smiley faces with hearts for eyes! haha.. he loved it he was totally speechless! I loved it too! Thanks so much!!"
"Hey there we got the book and pictures and I just wanted to drop a huge THANK YOU!!! They are just so fabulous and I feel so sexy! Thank you for an amazing experience and such a quick turn around! I just absolutely loved everything about this whole thing and I can't wait to work with you again (welllllll after the baby weight is gone...New Years resolution haha). Anyways thanks again to you and Nikoma!!"
"I seriously wish (in the most innocent way) that you could've been there when [he] opened his book! He was absolutely blown away on multiple levels, among them your artistry. "Beautiful and so classy... Loved her use of shadow and light.... Truly amazing!" Mostly he was silent, but his expressions said it all! He also added, "Oh my gosh!" literally with each page he turned, and, "Best. Present. Ever!!!" On a very, very personal note, I had no idea I could be that sexy and beautiful, and I am so grateful for you, your talents, and the way you helped me memorialize this dream! What you created for me is truly a work of art (that I'm buying a safe for)."
"I am sure you receive many similar mails but I just wanted to say THANK YOU for such a great experience for my wife. I have been madly in love with her for over 30 years and have always desired to have some classy but sexy photos of the woman I adore. The photos and my album have helped my wife to recognize the beauty that I have always seen. The professional and respectful way you drive the process helped my wife to develop more confidence, which is influencing her strength in our successful marriage and has also given her greater confidence at home/work. She is much more than my wife and I appreciate this experience……and I hope to repeat it in the future. Worth every damn dollar."
"My husband and I just got back from our wedding/honeymoon, and I wanted to let you know that he absolutely LOVED the photos. He actually held back tears, seriously. Says it was the best gift he's ever been given, and it couldn't be topped. I think the best part was that it was a little out of my character. He was shocked and really appreciative. Thanks again for the fabulous shoot. The photos and the book look amazing. Please also tell Lisa thank you for beautifying me ahead of time!"
"I absolutely LOVE my book!! Thank you so much for making me feel so beautiful and special and, most importantly, for helping me boost my self-esteem!! I had no idea I could look so good. ;) I had an amazing time and really appreciate your kindness and patience throughout the whole process. Your team is pretty awesome too!"
"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for an amazing session yesterday! Your professionalism and ability to make me feel comfortable (and get me laughing for my non-cheesy smile!) was so greatly appreciated! I keep thinking about the photos and catch myself shaking my head in awe of how amazing they turned out. I can't wait for the finished product to arrive in a few weeks! Your talent is incredible, I will absolutely be encouraging my girlfriends to check out your website and schedule an appointment for themselves! A special thank you to Nikoma to being a total rock star hair and makeup artist too, I felt amazing! Again, THANK YOU so much for a great experience! I can't wait to show my fiancé - this will be a hard secret to keep for a month!"
"I already got the USB! I opened the box and saw your sweet note and the photo before I even had a chance to see any of the other images and got all misty eyed. First, I must say THANK YOU for the thoughtful gesture with the USB drive. It totally caught me off guard and I'm just humbled and grateful that you would do such a kind thing for me. Secondly, thank you so much for taking such care in retouching, I'm sure you spent a good deal of time on all of my images. You really are a genius! Thank you for making me look feminine, soft and pretty. I cannot believe how nervous I was and now... to see what you produced through those images, I'm nearly speechless. I can't even believe it's me, I'm just in disbelief. They are even better than I could have hoped for. I am getting excited to give the gift to my hubby! I will wait on the book (should arrive anytime!) and the right time to surprise him then I will happily let you know what his reaction is after the big reveal. Cheryl, thank you so much for everything! I know that you are the only person who could have turned out such amazing quality and beautiful results, I am so glad I got brave enough to make the appointment. Thank you for being so welcoming, light-hearted and professional. Your genuine presence put my mind at ease and your patience was incredible! Thank you also for rearranging your schedule once my needs changed and plans to travel were originally derailed. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
"I had so much fun on that shoot (it was more of a work-out than I thought it would be :P) and am so excited to show [him] the pictures. I mentioned that I had done a boudoir shoot before and have to say that this felt much more like an experience vs. just getting hair and make-up done then getting some pictures taken. I didn't pay as much for the first one but this it was definitely a "you get what you pay for" type situation and in this case it was totally worth it."
"I received my book today. They are so beautiful and it just tops off the whole experience. You have such a great artistic eye. You not only captured how I feel inside but made me look and feel beautiful outside too. The whole experience was so high quality and you have a great pairing with Erin as the make-up artist. You both created a wonderful moment in time and I would highly recommend you both. Thank you again and what a great gift you have and I am blessed for having been able to be a part of it by having you photograph me."
"When your packages arrived, while my husband was there, I couldn’t stop chuckling aloud, knowing that he had no clue what was in the packages. Upon opening the packages, he was blown away, quite frankly. All of a sudden, his “hell bent on getting stuff done around the house” became “let’s sit right here together and look at this book!” With every turn of the page, he became more aroused, physically and otherwise. Let’s just say that what started in the living room, ended in the bedroom. Your collection of images provided a profound re-awakening in our sensual connection. Just tonight, he hung the beautiful canvas by the head of our bed, and fyi, we have likened the canvas image to that of a mermaid, which really works for both of us. Mystical, magical, elusive, yet real. Bless you for the extraordinary work that you do, the art you produce, and frankly, the sexual healing you must provide to most of your clients.
My time with you provided an unexpected, refreshing, and youth-giving outcome … for who you are and what you do, thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
"WOW. I don't even know what to say! I just got home from work training and opened my box. What a beautiful display and the card was so kind! I absolutely love the book and am completely speechless. My friends LOVE IT! and one of them is begging her girlfriend to let her do it!!!! I am fully supportive of course and will keep you posted if they want to move forward. For now I will leave it on my coffee table to share with my friends when they come over. Thank you so much for such an exceptional experience. You two ladies were a tremendous pleasure to work with! unforgettable!!!!!!!! Much love!!"
"I don't think you'll be surprised to hear that my husband was THRILLED! He had the silliest grin stuck on his face looking through the book. He got a good laugh out of the woodworking apron shots. Next he uploaded the digital images immediately and he keeps looking at them all over and over. Cracks me up! Thank you so much of everything. It was a wonderful experience and I'd be very surprised if you didn't hear from one of my friends booking a session soon. You work some serious magic with lighting and angles! I love it."
"I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much we LOVE our book! I gave it to my husband on our anniversary and he was so cute! He was shocked! He said "What the...?" and then closed it real fast like he was embarrassed to look at it. I laughed and said "Come on, let's look at it together." And then he really enjoyed going through the book slowly, enjoying each picture. I also wanted to tell you a special thank you from just me. I never considered myself to be "sexy," but these pictures prove otherwise. You've given me a completely new self-image. Like I told my husband, this really was a gift for both of us. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!"
I was just able to look at my book....first time I've been alone in my house since Christmas break started. Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot even believe those are pictures of ME!!!!! I could not be more excited to give this book to my husband. The layout of the pictures, the quality of the pages, the way I look!!!!! Unbelievable.......I don't know how I'm going to wait until his birthday in February to give this to him. I feel like every woman should have the opportunity to truly love the way they look, and you absolutely did that for me. A million times- Thank You!
Thank you so much for the package! We couldn't wait for [his] birthday so we opened it early and we were both really shocked. This is amazing! Thank you for helping me get my confidence back. Looking through the pages made me tear up. I had an awesome time with the shoot and make up session.
I want to thank you for wonderful photo shoot and pictures. My husband blushed as he was look through the photo book. It was priceless! You have an amazing gift of knowing how to make a woman feel and look beautiful! I tell and show all my girlfriends the beautiful work you do. Thank you for the wonderful experience."
"My husband and I just got back from our wedding/honeymoon, and I wanted to let you know that he absolutely LOVED the photos. He actually held back tears, seriously. Says it was the best gift he's ever been given, and it couldn't be topped. I think the best part was that it was a little out of my character. He was shocked and really appreciative. Thanks again for the fabulous shoot. The photos and the book look amazing. Please also tell Lisa thank you for beautifying me ahead of time!"
"He LOVES them!!! He's been sneaking his little black book in his pocket and showing me off to his female friends. Says he's wants everyone to be jealous of his wife. The big book he's being oh so careful with, he's afraid to look at it too much because he wants to save it. He keeps telling me that it's hands down the BEST wedding present he could have ever gotten!"
"My first but for sure not my last Belle Boudoir Experience. I am going to be honest here ~ I had signed up with a different boudoir company. But after doing a little more research on them I was finding they charged a lot for very little and I just didn’t get a comfortable vibe from them. I mean come on your down to your skivvies if that in front of absolute strangers. So I immediately canceled with them but I had decided that you know I’m turning 30, feeling a little down about myself and felt like I was going through a few changes in my life. So I was on the search for a new place and stumbled upon Belle Boudoir. I immediately felt comfortable with her site. Right then and there I scheduled. I emailed Cheryl and she continually responded to my lengthy emails J. We talked style, look, comfort, accessories and she always had a response that was extremely helpful. Then came the day. I’m going to admit I was extremely nervous when I first got there but the girls made me feel right at home. I felt as beautiful as I did on my wedding day. At the end of our session when Cheryl goes to edit photos and then you get to pick out the ones you want to keep I honestly could not choose. I smiled and wanted to cry but I didn’t want to wreck my makeup it was AMAZING! When the day came for me to get my book It was the day before my birthday but I couldn’t wait I had to see them so did my husband J He told me that he hopes that this book helps me see what he sees every day we wakeup together. I will for sure be doing this again and again! THANK YOU CHERYL!!!!"
"If I hadn't said so enough, THANK YOU for the wonderful session! And thank you to Nikoma as well! You guys are amazing, and gave me a gift that is timeless. I couldn't resist and I gave my husband the album last night, and today is officially our 3 year anniversary. All he could say was, "Whoa! crazy!" As the book progressed, he was just more and more impressed, with the last spread being his favorite. He had to go back and flip through the book about 3 times before really saying anything else to me. haha. So I think it's safe to say he really enjoyed and appreciated it! Not only was it a gift for him, but it was also a gift for me. Thank you for taking me out of my "comfort" zone and creating images that I could have never imagined for myself, but in such a tasteful and artistic way. You truly have a talent and I am glad our paths have crossed. Thank you again!"
"I received my book yesterday and just wanted to shoot you a quick email and tell you that I absolutely LOVE it! It turned out so gorgeous, thank you so much again for such a wonderful photo shoot - your work is absolutely amazing. I am beyond thrilled with the finished product! And now the countdown begins until I can show my fiance the book!! This will be sooo hard... Thank you again over and over!"
"I just wanted you to know that the book arrived as planned on his bday. This was the perfect birthday present for him - 60 pictures for his 60th birthday! It was also the perfect grand finale to a 5-day Vegas trip! He LOVED the book! He has looked through it multiple times and just keeps telling me he can't believe the pictures! And he has bragged about it to some friends - to whom we have passed on your contact information for their wives! While that was a birthday present for him, it really ended up being a present for me too! The whole experience makes one realize their potential. Your talent for capturing the feminine spirit in such an artistic way is really, truly amazing! The "whole" look - makeup, hair and then photos...it was all a treat! Every woman should have the experience! I am still on a high from it! If you ever want to use me for a reference, please feel free! I will sing your praises! Thank you again for squeezing me in to your schedule and for staying late into your Friday evening to make the selections! And thank you again for bringing out the vixen in me! I am, forever grateful!"
"Today was AMAZING!!!! I cried!! Thank you so much!! I'm so glad I did that!! I took a picture of the print and texted it to my 2 best friends. They both said I look so beautiful and so hott. Thank you so much!! I'm so happy!!"
"Thank you so much for yesterday. I had such a wonderful time. It was a warm, comfortable, and confidence-inspiring experience! I never thought I would be secure enough in myself to do a boudoir shoot and I loved it. The photos were amazing! I almost cried while watching the slideshow - I've never seen myself so beautiful and sexy. My husband loved the photo I brought home. I got an "Oh my!" and a very stunned smile. We're both excited for the book and digital images to arrive. Please thank Nikoma too. I loved my hair and makeup - I hated having to wash it off last night. Thank you so much!"
"I am long overdue in writing to you! I received the book and love it! It came out so nice. I would have never thought I could have something like that in a million years. He loves it too. Thank you so much for making my day such a fun experience. I think I may have recruited a person for you with all my talk about how great it was."
"My husband loved the book! He was so surprised ... when he realized what it was, he was speechless. As he was looking through it he said, "Oh my God, this is the best gift I've ever gotten!" Mission accomplished. He was really happy. It was great working with you! I wouldn't hesitate to do it again, and I'll definitely recommend you to any friends who are interested."
"Oh my! The book is BEAUTIFUL!!!! You are an artist!!! Your ability to capture beautiful images and put them together in an amazing way is unmatched. My deepest thanks to both you and Nikoma for making me feel (and I think) look like a model. Of course I wasn’t able to wait until Christmas to give my husband the book. He was trilled! He told me multiple times it was the best gift he has ever been given, and he couldn’t stop telling me how beautiful I was. He even told me it was the best money he has ever spent (and yes he knew how much it was ;-) and told me I could go back for another session in the coming years anytime! Thank you SO much Cheryl, for everything."
"I just wanted to thank you for my photo shoot on Monday! Even though I was nervous when I got there, I was immediately at ease when Nikoma started my hair and makeup and then right in to picking out my outfits.
The photo shoot was as much fun as I hoped it would be and I loved feeling so empowered, strong and sexy. You were so right that the more uncomfortable the pose, the better the photo. You have such an amazing eye and you certainly bring out the best!
My husband was completely blown away by the photo I gave him in his tennis clothes. He “couldn’t believe I did something like this”. He just couldn’t quit looking at it.
Boy is he going to be surprised when he gets the finished product! I can hardly wait and I’m sure I will be presenting it to him before our anniversary in December."
"I was just able to look at my book....first time I've been alone in my house since Christmas break started. Oh. My. Goodness. I cannot even believe those are pictures of ME!!!!! I could not be more excited to give this book to my husband. The layout of the pictures, the quality of the pages, the way I look!!!!! Unbelievable.......I don't know how I'm going to wait until his birthday in February to give this to him. I feel like every woman should have the opportunity to truly love the way they look, and you absolutely did that for me. A million times- Thank You! "
"I am completely overjoyed with how all of my images and products turned out! I was so excited to finally get my package that I literally screeched like a little girl when the guy at the post office handed it to me! This experience has formed such an unbreakable confidence in me, and I am so grateful that I got the chance to work with such talented and wonderful women. Thank you so much for all of your support over the last few months; all of the change has been hard but these images reminded me how strong and independent I am.
My boyfriend was also very impressed with both of your skills and the product, and complimented your work multiple times while looking through the book! He is so proud of me and these photos that he wishes he could show me off to everyone that comes over haha!
I very much hope that I get to work with you again sometime in the future!"
"Both women were so incredibly friendly and inviting - I'm not someone all that comfortable in a lot of makeup, and obviously not that used to being nearly nude around others (ha!), but I instantly felt at ease in both the makeup application and the photography session due to their kind, warm, and funny personalities. I read the reviews saying how great Cheryl was and how comfy people felt, but I didn't really believe it until I was there myself. It felt luxurious, empowering, fun, and exciting. I couldn't be happier with the experience and have already recommended Cheryl to lots of my friends. The photos turned out just AMAZING. My husband was blown away and looks at them constantly. I've always said I was unphotogenic my entire life, but these photos changed my opinion - it's all in the photographer. My friend recently went to a different boudoir photographer and didn't have the same experience or results (in fact, it made her feel worse about her bod05, and it made me so grateful that I found Cheryl. This has given me a massive boost of confidence and I much better, more positive relationship with my body. I wish I could buy it for every woman in my life. It's an experience everyone should go through. I'll definitely be back for additional sessions in the future!"
"We I went on our trip to Utah and stayed in a lovely cabin. It was, as I had hoped, just the private place to give him the gift of the Belle Boudoir book. He was stunned into silence. Then he turned a few more pages and asked incredulously, “Is this you?”. Gives you an idea of how totally floored he was! If he was Italian, he would have been dancing around the room waving his arms, but he is Dutch. It took two days for it to sink in, then he couldn’t stop talking about it. He studied your web site cover to cover, asked a million questions, kept getting the book out, and was very delighted with the thoughtful mix of naughty and artistic images. The lovely thing too was that he felt the simple outfits and the no-heels choice were so utterly me that it was the perfect style to have chosen for the shoot.
Thank you again for your wonderful and skilled work. It truly is a gift of a lifetime and one that will last forever."
"When I picked up the package I couldn't wait to see the photos....I sat in my car flipping through the book and I was speechless, everything put together...it's incredibly beautiful. Incredibly sexy, but so beautiful. I love it! Thank you for your card! This whole experience was so much fun. Cheryl, thank you for this! Thank you for helping me and making me comfortable and beautiful. I had such a fun time getting my makeup and hair done, it was such a pleasure to sit there with Nichoma...I'm not sure how to spell her name...but she was wonderful to talk to. I'm honored to have met both of you! Looking through this book and walking by my picture gives me such happy, funny, and great memories about that day. I think this is truly a gift to me more than anything. I'm glad my boyfriend enjoyed this gift, but what thiIHgave me is so incredible...I don't know how to put it into words. The love, joy, happiness, confidence, respect that I've been searching for in myself these last couple years seemed to complete it for me when I looked through this album. It's so easy to push away insecurities and self doubt when looking through it.
I actually surprised him with this album on Wednesday night, it was the perfect time....he was lying in bed and we were in candlelight....he unties the ribbon and opens the cover and he sees the first page...he closed the book so fast and was like "WHAT!?!?" He gets up, turns the light on and we are sitting in front of the fireplace and he's slowly flipping through the album and slowly touching each photo and tears are starting to fall down his cheek..it was beautiful to be in that moment with him looking through it for the first time! Thank you!
He said the pictures are stunning, sexy, beautiful...but he sees me like that everyday all the time....he's sweet. ❤
Thanks again Cheryl! And thank you to your team! I appreciate everything that you and your team did to make this happen and expedite processing!
I send you and Nichoma a big hug."
"I am beyond words of gratitude in my heart for yesterday—an experience I’ll never forget—and maybe equals or surpasses my hike along the northern coast of Spain! Those two experiences top the commemoration of my 60th birthday.
Thank you for making me and my body, flaws and all, seem very beautiful, as is. You are a gifted artist, your eye and your camera’s eye able to distill the unique beauty of every shape, angle, and character of my body.
Women are ridiculously critical of their bodies—me included. Add to that a woman of 60 considered beyond ‘beautiful of body.’
Yesterday I learned big lessons about acceptance, the perfection of embracing imperfection, facing all of me, at 60, beautiful as is...all with your guided fun and experience.
I was stunned to see how you made me look. Thank you for sharing your gifts and making me so at ease, taking the time to prepare and ensure my best was captured in photos, and making it sooo fun, even though yesterday also taught me those professional models work HARD! And photographers, too!!!
I look forward to the final products.
Please extend a big thanks to Nacoma, too; she has MAD hair and makeup skills and I also thoroughly enjoyed working with her—magician!
Many thanks again for everything!!!"
"I seriously had the best time ever-- I was (still am) completely blown away by the amazing job you did!! I was not kidding when I said I usually hope that I get just ONE pic that I like!!! LOL!!! I really was NOT planning on buying the whole package, I assumed I wouldn't like enough of the pics and I really don't think of myself as photogenic. So…. I credit YOU and your talents for such an incredible outcome!!!!! Your entire process- start to finish- was fun, warm, and a confidence builder. I enjoyed every minute. I felt super comfortable with you and I have felt so LARGE this pregnancy-- gained more weight than any of my other babies-- so this was actually a tremendous help in my perspective and it was a mental shift: Yesterday was the turning point- I really feel so much better about my size, my body, and what it's capable of doing. I want you to know YOU were the catalyst to help me get to that place. Can't wait to come back and see you sometime after the baby is born."
"Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how happy he was with his gift. I have never seen his face like that before. Shock, awe, and happiness I think can best describe it. It was amazing thank you so much. It really was a gift for me as well. It did wonders for my self esteem and for us. Thank you so much."
"The delieverly of the book was awesome!! He was very shocked!! Since it was for his 30th birthday i had him do 30 little "missions" all around Seattle like go get a slice of pizza from his favorite pizza place, go to his parents house etc... mission number 29 was to find a hidden key in our house and mission number 30 was finding the lock box the book was in. He opened the book and was speechless! Thank you so much for this experience. I will cherish my book forever!!"
"I can't begin to tell what a huge thing this has been for our marriage! It's awesome the way it has impacted our life as well as others! I have one friend that has been in contact with you already and more to come! I believe this is very important work you do! Thanks again!!!!"
"There are not enough words to thank you for what you have done for me! Thank you for helping me finally see the beautiful woman I have become. Every woman should spend a day with you! I truly love you and I promise, you will be seeing us again for our wedding."
"I'm super excited to get my book!! That whole day was so worth the money!! I can't wait to do it again. I just wanted you to know I been telling everyone about your photos. I think I convinced a few people to get them done, and I said they have to go your way. That your the best in our area. Thanks again!"
"THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for making it such a wonderful experience. He absolutely loved it and was completely surprised! He thought I was getting him Air Jordans, but when he saw what it really was, he couldn't stop smiling. He was super impressed that I was willing to even do something like that! I've caught him just staring at the picture on the wall too! It's facing his side of the bed, so every time he gets out of bed, he sees me!"
"Thank you so much! I looked at the book and cried. It is so beautiful. You are so talented and made me feel so beautiful and comfortable. I would do it again. Words can not express how thankful I am."
"I keep meaning to drop you a line about my photos! They were a hit. I did what I planned; left them on his pillow in a pretty gift bag I made... about a half hour later I received a text from him, 'Wow! These are hot. Thank you! I love you!' He loves them! You are such an awesome photographer!! Oh! And his favorite picture? The black and white one in the black lace top against the brick wall downstairs. I never would have guessed that one. Also, he liked my smile ones best overall. Again, thank you so much! That was such a fun experience!! I'm still amazed how natural the photos look because I felt like a pretzel when I was 'posing'! I will definitely recommend you to all of my friends. I know you will make them all feel and look beautiful."
"Just wanted you to know my husband LOVED the book! He literally clutched his chest and dropped his jaw in amazement when he turned the pages. He was in total awe! Thanks to you, he thinks he is married to the most beautiful women in the world. Thanks again for everything! You're an amazing photographer!"
I just wanted to say thank you for my session on Thursday!! I seriously never in a million years would think I would actually feel relaxed and comfortable doing a shoot like that. It was really fun getting to know you and hanging out for a while too! I will definitely be by to do another one maybe for an Anniversary or Christmas present. Anyways, just wanted to say THANKS!!!!"
"Wow, yesterday was an adventure - I feel like I lived the life of another woman! Your direction for posing was clear, concise and very supportive, and the results were just what I wanted. Sensual, classy and looked like professional modeling. I can't believe we got through all those poses and outfits within 2 hours. My preview session with you took my breath away. I am so pleased, and I look forward to seeing the printed photos in the future."
"Cheryl!!! I received the book and I am so ecstatic!! I am sooo happy and amazed with the work you had done! I cannot wait to give it to [him]! I will update you when I do! Thank you so much again for making me feel beautiful, strong and courageous! You are AMAZING and I have passed on your information to many of my interested coworkers and friends. "
"Initially I was nervous and cold. But soon we were all laughing and joking around. The time spent in the studio was completely about me and my feeling like the beauty I am. Although my plan was for this to be a gift to my husband, I felt so pampered and catered to. It was a great boost to my confidence. I left there feeling like a supermodel!!! I think that every woman should do this AT LEAST once in her lifetime. Cheryl, is great at what she does. You won't be disappointed with the end product. She's so detail oriented and it shows!!! From your eyes to your finger tips, everything is just beautiful!!! Great job Cheryl!!! I can't wait for the next one!!!"
"I received the book and USB in the mail yesterday. The book looks fantastic! I absolutely love it. I am still floored every time I look at the photos - I've never seen myself in the way you were able to capture me in the pictures and it's still leaving me a bit speechless. I had a really great experience and am completely satisfied with the results/products. I figured it would be completely awkward prancing around in my underwear but you did such a great job of making me feel comfortable and keeping things rolling during the shoot. Thank you for using your talent in this way - I have learned a lot about myself as a result of this experience and will treasure these photos forever."
"I am so thankful to you and Nikoma for my photo session and the images that came from it!
I was terrified walking in wondering what the hell I was getting myself in to, but Nikoma greeted me with a smile and I felt so much better instantly. Her make up and hair was beautiful and she even fixed a few details I wanted and did it very graciously.
I have always had so many body image issues and even though my body is not perfect, you made me feel beautiful that day. I never felt judged or uncomfortable. I loved your no nonsense approach to body positioning and the small adjustments you made that resulted in so many amazing images. You are an amazing talent.
I just recently gave the resulting book and canvas to my boyfriend for his Birthday and he loved them. He said they were the best gift he's ever gotten.
The way I feel looking at those photos is worth every single penny and every minute of time. You truly do make a meaningful impact on women's lives. Thank you for all you do."
"Just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful experience I had doing with boudoir shoot with you! I just got back into town and had a chance to finally oooh and ahhhh at the gorgeous photo book. You made me look fabulous and like a whole new person! You made the whole process surprisingly relaxed and non awkward. So I had to again express my gratitude. I'll definitely be spreading the word!"
I absolutely LOVE my book!! Thank you so much for making me feel so beautiful and special and, most importantly, for helping me boost my self-esteem!! I had no idea I could look so good. ;) I had an amazing time and really appreciate your kindness and patience throughout the whole process. Your team is pretty awesome too!
"Just wanted to send a quick note to let you know that my husband LOVED the book!! He was shocked....as is the typical response! We decided to give each other our gifts after the wedding once we got to Salish Lodge. It was really fun to do it that way and we are really glad that we did. Not only was I there when he opened it but I snapped a couple pics too! Thanks for making it so easy and fun! I'll definitely be back!"
"I just got my book and I absolutely LOVE it! It makes me feel so beautiful and Josh will absolutely love it! I can't wait to give it to him the night before our wedding and watch his face as he flips through it. Thank you so much for this once-in-a-lifetime experience."
"Hey just shooting you an email so you know I got my photos and I can't tell you how excited I am not to mention how excited my boyfriend is. I think they are perfectly flirty and fun just cute enough for a soon to be married couple. Just the simplest fact that he will have fun photos to look forward to has made the process of deploying a little easier. So I hope that every month you can think to yourself and know you had a hand in doing the good deed of cheering up a soldier across the world. Thank you for everything."
"I wanted to send you a thank you for the thoughtful card that came with the book! I really enjoyed working with you and have already recommended you to a couple friends! My now-husband loved everything; it was fun to give it to him in three phases :) His favorite pictures were the luminous white ones where I'm smiling big.
I actually think the shoot helped me pose better on my wedding day. My photographer actually asked me if I had any experience in theater or dance to help me be so expressive! Made me laugh a little. Thank you again and perhaps we will work together again!"
"Thank you so much, I so much appreciate you doing this. I can't begin to tell you what an incredible, amazing experience I had. Truly, this is one of the items I'm my life list and I'm so happy that I can finally cross it off. Your talent, the experience and the results were beyond what I had ever had hoped for. I cannot begin to tell you how much I LOVED the pictures- I'm going to give them to him tonight and I'm sure it will be priceless. This is the best money I've ever spent. Truly. Thank you Cheryl, you're amazing."
"I gave him the book early because he was having a day from hell and I thought it would cheer him up. He opened the book and looked at the first picture and started laughing in amazement, with tears (he was very happy), that he is with such a beautiful woman (which I now feel I am). It was sensory overload and he closed the book after looking at just the one photo, telling me how amazed he was. After about 10 minutes of it sinking in...I asked him if he wanted to see the rest of the pictures. He said "there's more?" It was great! He soon forgot about his day from hell, everything just melted away. I am very glad I did this. And the rest of the story I leave to your imagination."
"Is that really ME?!!! Wow...YOU are totally freaking AMAZINGGGGG!! Thank you Cheryl...my husband is going to flip out and seriously needs a boost!!! I love love love that I left this all up to you and your incredible talent to photograph and choose the perfect everything! Sending you a giant hug!!!"
"No, THANK YOU! I still can’t believe that’s me in those photos, and you made the entire process so relaxing and way less scary than I thought it would be! I want to come back and do it again tomorrow. He will be floored when he sees the book, and while this is a gift for him for our wedding, it was just as much of a gift for myself too. I’ve worked hard at losing about 30 pounds over the last year and half. People have told me I look different and good, but I didn’t believe it until I saw the pictures of me wearing practically nothing. It’s good to know my hard work is paying off, and showing it off with your beautiful photographs makes it just that much better. So thank you again!"
"Just wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did with my photos. They are perfect. [He] enjoyed so much looking at them! He almost cheated and wanted to peek before I got home! But I made it very clear to wait for me. I wanted to see his reaction! It was so priceless. A memory I will treasure in my heart. Thanks again for being part of such a special gift that will stand the test of time.
P.S: Please say hi to Christina for me and tell her many thanks to for the amazing job she did with my makeup and for the wonderful conversation we had!"
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know I received the finished photo book and box, they are absolutely gorgeous! I really, really love the mini fold out book! Now the hard part begins - keeping the photos from my groom for six more weeks! I have shown the photos to a few of my girlfriends, and they were completely floored at the amazing quality and classy style. I know they will be getting ahold of you in the future, I'm just glad I was the first of the group! Thanks again for the great experience!"
"Well I caved and gave it early since it was so beautiful. He was shocked and amazed. He said you did amazing work and I looked like a model! So thank you to you. He already used the photos as his home computer screen saver and the book is in his at home office. I am pretty sure he looked through it 5-6 times last night. I have never seen him speechless and I got to! Thank you again."
"This is a slightly delayed but wholehearted THANK YOU!!!!! for what an awesome job you did on my pictures and photo album. When I got it in the mail, I couldn't stop looking at it (I must have looked through it a dozen times by myself!). My husband loved it - it was such a great anniversary gift! I just don't have enough good things to say about everything you and Nikoma did. Thank you so much again - I'll be sure to recommend you to my friends if they ever want to have their pictures done!"
"I have been meaning to email you since my wedding, but time has slipped away from me! My husband absolutely LOVED the book I gave him, the look on his face was priceless! I showed the pictures to the girls in my bridal party as well and they all want to do a session with you, so I am sure you will have some of them giving you a call to book! Thank you again for everything, it was honestly one of the best experiences I have done and I loved every second of it!"
"I keep looking at the pics. You are a phenomenal artist. Truly. My husband was so impressed and he's not a glamor guy. You so cleverly knew how to have me move my body to shape it exquisitely. You also were so generous with your comments and laughter. I am most grateful. I will certainly recommend you. Thank you again. I cannot wait for the canvas and the book. You're amazing and most lovely."
"I just wanting to say thank you for an amazing photo session on Friday. You made me feel very relaxed throughout the whole process. Your wit and humor also allowed me to feel comfortable and to have a lot of fun. I am so excited to see the end result. If they are anything like the way I felt, I am sure they will be amazing!"
I only sent him a few at first. I got a phone call right away from him after he saw them and he requested the rest. He has to buy internet on his personal computer and he said "so go ahead and send the rest, I just bought internet for the week." He said I looked like a Victoria's Secret model!! Mission accomplished!!! Thank you again so much!
"I wanted to THANK YOU again for a great experience a few months ago with my shoot for my future husband! I gave him the photos the night of the wedding and it was a hit ;) He was shocked, surprised, and it took his breath away multiple times! I appreciate capturing my sexy and beauty. It will be a gift we will both cherish for a long time :)"
"I wanted to thank you for making my session on Sunday such a wonderful experience. I was really nervous going in not sure if I would feel comfortable doing this. But you made it so easy to feel comfortable. The pictures we reviewed were amazing I still am trying to figure out how you were able to make the photos of me look so go good. I guess I didn't see that person in me before these pics. Again thank you so much!"
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful afternoon. I was so nervous and scared, you made the whole experience wonderful and fun. I will remember this for the rest of my life. My fiancé loves the picture and can’t wait to see the rest. He couldn't stop looking at it! I was a bit stiff and sore the next day, but that worked out great, He gave me a full body massage. I would recommend you to everyone."
So I got this cute little speech from [my husband] yesterday evening which was basically… ‘I’m glad you did it for you but I see you all the time and don’t need pictures’. Then I showed him the 4x6 that I took home …. After staring open mouthed for a full minute, the only word out of his mouth for the next 3 or 4 minutes was “BOOBS!” Then he started asking how soon I’d have the rest of the pictures. I had a blast yesterday with you and Nikoma. It was just what I needed before I head back into active treatment."
"I can not wait to be able to show my friends my pictures! I also wanted to say thank you for everything! You're amazing and I'm so thankful that I came to you to take my photos! You made my session so fun and such an awesome experience for me. I felt beautiful for probably the very first time in my life yesterday! Thank you so very much for everything!"
"Cheryl, I just want to say I cried when I got my book!! It is absolutely gorgeous!! It turned out so beautiful!! You do amazing work and I appreciate all of your hard work! Thank you for making me feel so beautiful. My fiancé was speechless hahaha!!! You are truly talented!!! Nikoma, Thank you for making me so beautiful. You are an amazing make up artist!!! The work you do is stunning!!! Loved you both!! You guys were such a blast to be around and made me feel so comfortable! Thank you both for your amazing work and talents!! And the awesome thank you card you gave me! It made everything extra special to me! Much love!!"
Thank you again for such a great experience! I've never seen myself the way you captured. It was amazing to view photos of myself that I actually loved! You captured femininity, tasteful sex appeal, and art... truly beautiful. Thank you so, so much!
As you know, I decided to surprise my husband with the complimentary 4x6 that you and I chose. He was blown away!! He absolutely cannot wait to see the rest. He said, "Oh my god, you are so damn beautiful and perfect. I love your smile in this picture!! You look absolutely stunning. Every detail is perfect!"
Thank you for helping me build some much needed confidence. And my husband thanks you for such a wonderful gift, for both of us!
"He and I went on our trip to Utah and stayed in a lovely cabin. It was, as I had hoped, just the private place to give him the gift of the Belle Boudoir book. He was stunned into silence. Then he turned a few more pages and asked incredulously, “Is this you?”. Gives you an idea of how totally floored he was! If he was Italian, he would have been dancing around the room waving his arms, but he is Dutch. It took two days for it to sink in, then he couldn’t stop talking about it. He studied your web site cover to cover, asked a million questions, kept getting the book out, and was very delighted with the thoughtful mix of naughty and artistic images. The lovely thing too was that he felt the simple outfits and the no-heels choice were so utterly me that it was the perfect style to have chosen for the shoot. Thank you again for your wonderful and skilled work. It truly is a gift of a lifetime and one that will last forever.
"I just wanted to write you and tell you what a wonderful experience I had yesterday. So funny, here all this time I thought I would have to work at looking sexy, which is not me... But just the way you handled me...the simple commands, made it so easy. I am looking at my one picture in awe. What a talent you ladies have! I cannot wait till the book comes. I. AM. GIDDY."